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José Carlos Ruiz

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“I didn’t go to school, but I went to the movies.”

He iniciated his acting studies at the Institute of Fine Arts (Instituto de Bellas Artes). José Carlos Ruiz started his career in plays where he attested to his character as an actor. Eventually, he ventured in the big screen playing roles of historical context. José Carlos Ruiz, Mexican television and cinema actor, was born in the community of Jomulquillo, in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico. At a young age, he and his siblings became orphans and were taken under their grandmother’s care. Since he was the oldest, he was faced to work in several jobs ranging from butcher to salesman and interior designer before studying drama.

He is known for his work in Mexican soap operas like: María Isabel, Soñadoras, Las vías del amor, María de la noche, among others; however, his debut as supporting actor took place in cinema in 1964. In 1965 he got a role in the film Viento Negro and in 1966 in the film El escapulario. His talent to develop as a historical character and his strong and untamed personality, led him to obtain the role of Benito Juárez in the soap opera El carruaje (1972,) directed by Ernesto Alonso. He achieved fame with the role and is remembered for his great acting.

Throughout his extensive career as actor he has been nominated and awarded on several occasions as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the Ariel Awards. He stared with Wandering Lives from the director Juan Antonio de la Riva, obtained an Ariel for Best Acting and in the film Warehoused (2015) directed by Jack Zagha Kababie where he interprets an employee about to retire and has to train the young man who will take over. Although he was acclaimed for his role during an interview for the publication El Universal, he declared that he was close to renouncing because of the draining work required for the character.
“I didn’t go to school but I went to the movies,” says José Carlos Ruiz proudly. At 81 he is still active and demonstrating that acting is his passion.

Priscila Salcedo Alcántara

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